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What Does Lead Poisoning Have To Do With Criminal Behavior?09:38
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In the wake of the death of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore man who died after sustaining spinal injuries in police custody, The Washington Post published a story chronicling his exposure to lead paint as a young child in Baltimore, and the effects it may have had on him.

Gray, his twin sister and mother were part of a lawsuit in a 2009, in which they received a settlement from the property manager because of their exposure to lead.

For over three decades, Kim Dietrich, a professor of environmental health and director of the division of epidemiology and biostatistics at University of Cincinnati, has been following a group of individuals exposed to lead.

He speaks with Here & Now's Robin Young about his research and the relationship between childhood blood-lead concentrations and criminal arrests.

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  • Kim Dietrich, professor of environmental health and director of the division of epidemiology and biostatistics at University of Cincinnati.

This segment aired on May 7, 2015.

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